Pollinator Gardens

Protecting Pollinators

Pollinator species such as bees, butterflies, and birds are vital to the survival of 80% of the world’s flowering plants, including 75% of food crops! Exposure to pesticides, loss of floral abundance, and habitat destruction have led to a decline in pollinator species worldwide. In the United States, for example, we’ve seen a decline of…

10 Native Plants for Pollinator Gardens

In urban areas where natural habitat is limited, pollinator-friendly gardens serve as an effective way to provide shelter, food, and water for vital species such as birds, butterflies, and bees. Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is a great companion plant for many other species, and attracts several species of butterflies and other pollinator insects. Black-eyed Susan…

Winter Sowing for Wildflowers

Many New England wildflower species used in planting urban pollinator landscapes require stratification for the seeds to successfully germinate. Specifically, some they require a cold, moist period mimicking the natural winter season they would typically experience. Luckily, this is easy to accomplish even without a yard! Here are three easy, and sustainable, methods of winter…

Edible Flowers for Vegetable Gardens

Edible flowers are the perfect companions for your vegetable garden! Blooms attract vital pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds while adding beauty. Leaves and young shoots make healthy and delicious additions to salads, teas, and other dishes to compliment vegetable crops. Borage (Borago officinalis) an easy to grow annual, Borage produces blue flowers that are…


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